Forget Not All His Benefits
His Benefits Include Healing

The healing of Elohim is remarkable. Healings are signs that point to Elohim. Elohim's healing power caught my attention early in life primarily through the miracle ministry of A. A. Allen. I worked a little in healing ministry as a teenager. Since I have been in pastoral ministry, I have preached on this subject, practiced healing, seen Elohim heal miraculously on several occasions, and have been healed myself. When the healing ministry of Yahshua (through his latter day saints) meats with faith, then something is addressed in the spirit, and made manifest in some way in the body, be it in the mind, soul, spirit, emotions, or in the body.

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Psalms 103:1-5 Praise Yahweh, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. {2} Praise Yahweh, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- {3} who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, {4} who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, {5} who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

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THE BENEFITS OF OUR MASTER'S FAVOR
EXTEND AS FAR AS DOES OUR BELIEF

The Bible assures us of the many benefits that originate from our conversion, or new birth: forgiveness, justification, sanctification, salvation, deliverance, healing, and empowerment, to name a few.

Due to the great influence of Southern Baptist-style Believerity, only one aspect of conversion is emphasized -- our salvation from the wrath of Elohim to come. It is the notion that to be saved means that, when our bodies die our spirits 'go to heaven.'

Our whole way of speaking has changed. Rather than calling ourselves "those born from above" or "new creatures in Messiah" or "children of Elohim" we call ourselves "saved." And we make distinctions on the basis of whether a person claims to be saved or not.

The problem with this way of looking at our faith is that it focuses in on only one aspect of our life in Messiah, the mystery of eternity, to the neglect of the other benefits which are more important for the NOW. The psalmist sings emphatically to his very being, "O my soul, Praise Yahweh! Don't forget all his benefits!" We fail to take advantage of all his benefits, often relegating them to oblivion, or believing they are not for today, or that they are not for us for today.

Yet there is nothing in the Bible that tells us that all the benefits of our relationship with Messiah did or will pass away. Indeed, if we seek we find that some believers have appropriated the benefits we have neglected. For when we come to Yahshua Messiah,

1. If we have faith for forgiveness, we may be forgiven.
2. If we have faith for salvation, we may be saved.
3. If we have faith for justification, we may be justified.
4. If we have faith for sanctification, we may be sanctified.
5. If we have faith for deliverance, we may be delivered.
6. If we have faith for healing, we may be healed.
7. If we have faith for empowerment, we may be empowered. 

What blessings we are in direct relationship to what we will claim and believe for in our conversion. In this way, the welfare system of the Kingdom is rather like the American welfare system. Benefits will not accrue to your account until they are formally claimed.

In fact, the blessings of forgiveness and healing are those the Bible most explicitly promises: Yahweh

1. forgives all your sins and
2. heals all your diseases, going much further with
3. redemption from death (the pit),
4. a "crowning" of his love and compassion,
5. satisfaction with good things and
6. the renewal of youth.

Holistic healing of body, mind, soul, emotions and spirit is the promise of Elohim to those who have faith for such things through Yahshua Messiah.

You have all your faculties, including faith. Now if you have faith for forgiveness, why shouldn't you also have faith for healing? Forgiveness for your sinful nature and sinful ministration is a much greater miracle than your total healing. Perhaps the problem is that the evidence of Elohim's grace is not so public in the former than the latter. The evidence for the forgiveness of sin can be easily counterfeited; the evidence for total healing cannot.

A SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLE

Luke 5:17-26 (NIV) One day as Yahshua was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.

{18} Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Yahshua. {19} When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Yahshua.

{20} When Yahshua saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." {21} The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but Elohim alone?"

{22} Yahshua knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? {23} Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? {24} But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins..." (He said to the paralyzed man) "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." {25} Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising Elohim. {26} Everyone was amazed and gave praise to Elohim. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."

The paralyzed man had faith for forgiveness and for healing. (The power for healing was present in Yahshua.) And Yahshua used his healing to make the implicit point that forgiveness and healing were two twin benefits of a person's salvation irrevocably bound together. It's really easy not to believe somebody's sins are not forgiven, because sin-sickness is inside, and the healing of it is inside, thus not seen to the naked eye. On the other hand, the healing of a physical ailment is so evident that who could possibly doubt Elohim after seeing a physical healing (at least in Yahshua' day)? Indeed, when the man was healed, 'Everyone was amazed and gave praise to Elohim. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."'

PERSONAL TESTIMONIES TO HEALING

The healing of Elohim is remarkable. Healings are signs that point to Elohim. Elohim's healing power caught my attention early in life primarily through the miracle ministry of A. A. Allen. I worked a little in healing ministry as a teenager. Since I have been in pastoral ministry, I have preached on this subject, practiced healing, seen Elohim heal miraculously on several occasions, and have been healed myself. When the healing ministry of Yahshua (through his latter day saints) meats with faith, then something is addressed in the spirit, and made manifest in some way in the body, be it in the mind, soul, spirit, emotions, or in the body. Something that had been awry is healed.

Among the healings I have witnessed, some have been instantaneous: the healings of an aneurysm on the brain, a baby's eye infection, a student's raging ear infection, a leg badly mangled in a car accident, kidney stones, and many kinds of pain, anxiety, fear, and allergies. Many other healings have been gradual: my healing of "double" heart disease - cardiac and brotherly hatred. Some are doctor assisted, including the successful surgery of a badly deformed child.

A few people had no healing because their illness provided them with something they did not want to part with. One man said he could not be healed of muscular dystrophy because, if he were whole, he'd lose all his friends.

PRACTICAL NAZOREAN HEALING

There are a few more things to consider about the practical side of Naz healing.

1. Yahshua was primarily known in his day as a healer. Thus healing became one of three primary functions of the primitive Church. Our (Methodist) called-out assembly has a rich (though not very recent) heritage of healing ministry. John Wesley himself was a doctor. He wrote a book on practical healing called The Primitive Physick that is still in print after 250 years.

As recently as 1984, the General Conference of the UMC passed a resolution on healing:

As United Methodists, we are called to a ministry of health and wholeness. Therefore, we challenge our membership to become involved in a search for Believer understanding of health, healing, and wholeness, and the dimensions of spiritual healing in our congregations and seminaries.

The latest Book of Worship (1989?) also includes a couple liturgical-style healing services. Although they do not stress physical healing (and may not mention it in particular at all), the services are at least low-key enough not to scare anyone away.

2. In the Wesleyan tradition, we heal through medicines, herbs, sacraments, and by declaration in Yahshua' name. The most common means of healing grace in the called-out assembly now is through the Lord's Supper, which has been described as "An outward sign of inward grace." We may using the three catalysts between what we hope for and what we yet do not see. These are wine, oil, and bread, each blessed by Elohim properly.

Psalms 104:15 He brings forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.

Sacraments (such as the Lord's Supper and Anointing the Sick) are meant to be the tangible vehicles for benevolent, intangible powers. Yahshua' has the power to heal. He may use the Seven-fold Spirit or the Rephaim to heal, if he wants. Yahshua also work miracles of healings through sacraments, if we will have the faith to believe in his presence to heal in the sacrament.

(We talk about the sacramental elements of bread and wine every month, but what of the oil? Olive oil was thought to have healing properties in the day of Yahshua. That has been confirmed by scientific method today. Olive oil is healthy and healing. Symbolically, the olive is the fruit of what is known as the "Resurrection Tree" because it cannot easily be killed. Some olive trees which now stand in the Garden of Gethsemane were there in Yahshua' time.)

3. We "lay hands" on people needing healing in keeping with the tradition of the earliest called-out assembly, as cited in the Gospels and apostolic letters. Recently, medical colleges have realized the value of "laying on hands." 80 such colleges took part in a study in 1991; it was found that immune levels rose significantly when hands were laid upon the sick, thus promoted healing naturally. Consider how the act of "laying hands" might be synergized through the Messianic channel.

 
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4. I believe that one may stand in proxy for another to receive healing. This is implied in Acts: 19:11-12

And Elohim wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

5. This scripture opens up another avenue of healing which Psalms calls "redemption"; that is, the casting out of evil spirits that attach themselves to physical and emotional ailments. Note that those who the demons departed from were implicitly believers.

6. We need to receive and defend our healing. The devil may steal it, or we may lose it through a bad attitude. When you have been healed, cling to Yahshua and defend what is yours through prayer, rebuke, and thanksgiving.

Jackson Snyder, January 31, 1995

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